Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease. The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
These are also known as ‘traintracks’. They are glued on to the teeth and should not be removed.
These are also known as traintracks which is not a bad name for them as they are often used to slide teeth along a wire. They are glued on to the teeth and should not be removed. It is essential that they are brushed and kept very clean. Failure to do this can result in permanent marking of the teeth or decalcification. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and will certainly mean a poor outcome to treatment. A fluoride mouthrinse should always be used. There are metal appliances and clear or ceramic appliances. The ceramic appliances are a little more expensive but are more aesthetic, however they can discolour with time.
These are a type of removable appliance that are used in a growing patient to correct prominent teeth.
These are a type of removable appliance that are used in a growing patient to correct prominent teeth. They are usually designed to move the lower teeth and jaw forwards and the upper teeth and jaw back. This corrects the prominent teeth but they must be worn for approximately 12 months FULL TIME to get the best outcome. Also favourable growth is essential.
Invisalign employs a technique that straightens teeth using a series of clear aligners
Invisalign employs a technique that straightens teeth using a series of clear aligners. Patients wear each aligner for approximately two weeks during which time the teeth are moved in incremental steps. Gradually, this method moves the teeth into their desired final position. The aligners are comfortable to wear and allow you to clean you teeth as normal. They can be removed for short periods provided they are worn for 20 hours per day.
Retention is as important as the treatment itself. The forces that have caused your teeth to be crooked will still be present after treatment is finished and appliances removed.
Retention is as important as the treatment itself. The forces that have caused your teeth to be crooked will still be present after treatment is finished and appliances removed. If you do not wear a retainer then it is guaranteed that the teeth will go crooked again. It is essential that you wear your retainer indefinitely as directed. If you have damaged your retainer, please contact us immediately and if you have a fixed retainer – a wire glued to the inside of the teeth – present, please keep it clean to avoid the risk of decay and gum disease.